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Dancing with the Lexington Stars raises money for charity

Nobody on the floor had two left feet as 12 celebrity couples competed in Dancing with the Lexington Stars on Saturday night. It was the culmination of 14 weeks — more for some couples — of demanding practice for the dancers, coached by individual instructors from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

Patterned after the popular TV show Dancing with the Stars, the local competition required couples to dance the tango and the hustle.

Dancers included University of Kentucky vice president of campus services and former Lexington police chief Anthany Beatty and his wife, Eunice; radio traffic reporter officer Don Evans and his wife, Melissa; state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr; WLEX sportscaster Mary Jo Perino; and Jim Richardson, vice president of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Couples received scores from a panel of judges, and the audience cast votes by donating dollars to their favorites.

Proceeds benefit the Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund and Surgery on Sunday.

Last year's Dancing with the Lexington Stars, the first, raised $61,000, and this year's installment will exceed that amount, said Gerald Marvel, event chairman for the Rotary Club.

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